MPUG Reader Favorites for 2015

I heart MPUGSure, we know that sometimes your schedule won’t let you open your MPUG newsletter every week. So we’ve compiled the best-loved MPUG articles from the last two years in this special collection. Enjoy! (And if you have a personal fave, tell the MPUG community below in the comments!)

5 MPUG Best-read for 2015

1. Create a Killer One-Page Status Report with Project & Visio
Learn how to create a straightforward report with summary-level tasks progress and variances.

2. Microsoft Project Do’s and Don’ts: Creating a Risk Assessment Dashboard
The first article in this popular four-part series shows you how to put together a tool to help you quantify and evaluate project risks.

3. Your Personal Assistant: Highlight Tasks Due this Week
Pick up a simple technique for highlighting the tasks you have due this week every time you open your project plan.

4. In Defense of Hard Constraints…
This trainer confesses: She uses “Must Finish On” constraints because they’re the only way she can always ensure an accurate Total Slack value in her projects. Here’s why and how.

5. A Proposal for an Automatic Indicator for Issues
Some issues don’t need executive attention; others definitely do. Here’s an approach for figuring out which are which.

5 MPUG Faves!

1. Project Statistics — The 30 Second Report
This fast and simple reporting option can transfer to the word processor of your choice to share with others.

2. Incorrect Ways to Use Microsoft Project: Too Much Detail in the Schedule
Taken from a seven-part series on what not to do with Microsoft Project, this article explains why too much detail can make your project a blur.

3. Resource Leveling Best Practices
The over-allocation of people in your project will become a distant bad habit if you follow these techniques.

4. A Simple Approach to Collaborative Project Management Using SharePoint
Syncing between Project 2013 and SharePoint 2013 lets you manage the project schedule in Microsoft Project and communicate and collaborate around that plan with your team in SharePoint.

5. Quick Trick: Attaching General Project Notes to the Project Summary Task
Who says the only way you can add notes is to an individual task?

5 MPUG Classics

1. The Project Communication Plan
The basics of keeping stakeholders informed about the project, including how to create your plan and choose the right communication methods.

2. Microsoft Project Baselining Best Practices
The baseline not only reflects the schedule agreed upon at the start of the project as well as any approved changes along the way, it also helps you identify variance in schedule, budget and resources.

3. The Best Resource Workload Views in Microsoft Project 2010
Learn the basics for gauging how realistic your plan is.

4. Creating an Agile Schedule with MS Project
It’s true. Microsoft Project can be used for managing agile projects. Here’s how one PM handles the job.

5. Ask the Expert: Import Excel Data into Project — Tips & Troubleshooting
Tips on how to use the Microsoft Project 2010 and 2013 Import Wizard when tapping into data stored in Excel.

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